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Rumour: Wii U Priced at €399.99 by Amazon Germany

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Release date of 21st December, apparently

We have more news about the exciting innovation in video game retail: the Amazon Wii U guessing game. It was only a week ago that Amazon UK listed a black version of the system at £199, before swiftly removing the listing and cancelling any pre-orders shortly after. That product page had stated it'd be available on 14th July, along with some other oddities, so that was hardly a surprise.

It seems that the Amazon counterpart in Germany is jealous of the attention, as it's now joined in with its own listing for the console. In order to play it safe it's leapt to the other end of the pricing scale at €399.99, or around £322, with a release date of 21st December. We'd suggest that it's very unlikely that Nintendo would release the system that late in the holiday shopping period, while that projected price point could potentially see the system struggle to get off the shelves.

All we need now is for Amazon France to estimate an October release at €299.99, and we'll have the likely launch date and price estimates balanced out. Or we could wait for official word from Nintendo, of course.

[via mcvuk.com, amazon.de]

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User Comments (57)

BalrogtheMaster

#3

BalrogtheMaster said:

No offense guys, but this is like the fifth rumored price article I've seen. This is obviously estimated and completely wrong, so why post it?

BenAV

#4

BenAV said:

I'd say that this is just a guess, just as many other retailers have done.
Let's all just wait for the actual price from Nintendo themselves.

Portista

#6

Portista said:

No matter what the price, I'm getting a Wii U, so all I want now is a release date! :)

Burning_Spear

#7

Burning_Spear said:

I'll be selling the console for $450 beginning on December 31. PM me if you'd like to place a pre-order.

Baer

#9

Baer said:

What gets totally clear with this is:

  • Price will be 399€ or less
  • Nintendo releases consoles usually on fridays in Europe, 21th Dec. is just the last friday before christmas
    > so it will be released between 2. November until 21. December
ThomasBW84Admin

#12

ThomasBW84 said:

@BalrogtheMaster It's the third different prediction we've reported in recent times that I can see, the other two being a ShopTo article, and a couple of posts next to each other related to the Amazon UK listing, one for when it went up and the other for when it was taken down and pre-orders cancelled. Two stories essentially, both representing extremes, and in both cases written in a tone to make clear that they were rumours to be chatted about, not official details.

There's been more rumours than that bouncing around, let me say, and it's been interesting to see the range of guesses so far. We're not taking these rumours as fact, as the articles make clear, but they're certainly discussion points. We're also sticking to the estimates of major retailers and not every random guess going on out there, and they don't get much bigger than Amazon. If we didn't post the estimates from prominent retailers for everyone to chortle at (Amazon UK's July release date was particularly crazy), we could also be criticised for not sharing them :)

Tim_Slim

#16

Tim_Slim said:

Amazon have made a complete mess of this
Makes me want to shop somewhere else, completely

Linky_97

#17

Linky_97 said:

I hope its wrong!!! I only have 480$ for Wii U, Games and a Wii U Pro Controller!

Bluezealand

#19

Bluezealand said:

It says on the product page, that Nintendo didn't share any information regarding the price or the release date yet and that all is subject to change.

motang

#24

motang said:

More and more evidence are pointing at this price point. I will be shocked if it's more, and happy if it's less.

randomlypikachu

#25

randomlypikachu said:

ok so heres what im thinking >.> some people who were good friends at one point are now working at amazons all over the world. they came up with this little idea to troll everybody by having eachother make up some random price and random date for the wii u, and then having one person add their date and price to their listings, remove it when the days nearly done then repeat the process in the next week with a diferent person adding their price and date.

>.> five bucks says next week its america.

WingedSnagret

#26

WingedSnagret said:

I had this dream last night that the Wii U was going to be a thousand dollars. Now I know THAT can't be true! But I do wish Nintendo would spill the beans already about price and dates/

rjejr

#27

rjejr said:

That sounds pretty close to a place holder date - in the US it would say Dec 31 - and a legitimate high estimate if a retailer wanted to actually let people order as it's probably less lawsuit inviting to lower the price later than raise it and release something earlier rather than later. So I don't have any problem with that listing from a sellers perspective. BTW Amazon US still has the email notice up.

Does anybody else feel the later the announcement the higher the price? I've been saying $300 since last last E3 but now I'm thinking $349 just b/c they haven't announced it yet.
OTOH - maybe it will be really cheap and they don't want to cut into current Wii sales?
I really do hope when they do finally feel like announcing something - whenever the frak that will be - we get both price and date as well as what's bundled in the box - and they don't drag this out any further. A few game dates and prices would be helpful as well but they'll probably drag those out even more.

PixelatedPixie

#28

PixelatedPixie said:

I'm going to go on record and say that isn't true. Nintendo have stated that they learnt lessons from the 3DS launch. The lessons I imagine they would have taken would have been to launch hardware with appealing software and to launch at an affordable price point.

X-145

#29

X-145 said:

Why is it gonna be released on the last day on Earth? Oh well, I guess they save the best for last! :D

RedYoshi999

#32

RedYoshi999 said:

@X-145 LOL, didn't realise that! I know how I shall be spending the end of the world: playing the first (and last) HD Mario game. :P

hydeks

#33

hydeks said:

Nintendo needs to say the release date and price now I think. Everybody seems to be very impatient with them, especially when the system is suppost to release this year, not alot of time left to announce the price before the actual launch oO

So far, really stupid move from Nintendo :P

PixelatedPixie

#36

PixelatedPixie said:

Yeah, they really should announce the price and launch date already. It's going to be hard for Nintendo to get their message our or for the hype machine to gain traction without those two crucial pieces of information.

shimage

#37

shimage said:

@Bluezealand
That's partly because in NA, the price is before sales tax, whereas iirc in most of Europe the retail price includes VAT.

3dsisthebest

#39

3dsisthebest said:

i´m from germany so don´t worry. it´s just to take pre-orders and now wiiu is on 1. place in pre-order charts along with the already listed games. there´re 12 with the price of 70€. amazon germany itself said that it is not the actual price and release-date. they said that the people who will preorder it will get the console for the cheaper price. of course it is the price that nintendo will announce.

Rikublade95

#41

Rikublade95 said:

Its not even gonna be 500$ Nintendo knows that no one would buy it if it was that much. At least from around 200-300$ maybe around 100, but i doubt it

tovare

#42

tovare said:

My guess would be a lauch price of $349.

The rationale is the wii 249 lauch-price in 2006 + inflation + percieved added value of the controller + affinity for prices ending in 49, 79 and 99,

Viper9

#43

Viper9 said:

I think like many others that the launch price will be 349,99$.
Because 400$ it's a bit expensive, because the system is not that munch more powerfull than an Xbox360 or a PS3. Well if we look at the games now, maybe it's more powerfull than we think. So yeah 349,99$ it should be a good price.

Shworange

#45

Shworange said:

Yep, and at E3, some of the launch games had signs saying "fall 2012". December makes those signs moot. What was the tear down price of all WiiU components? Wasn't it like $150? So double that price for marketing, third world labor, retail markup and a slim profit. $300 bucks. $350 if they're pushing it. 399 and up just doesn't sound reasonable. $500 bucks would be a company killer as they sit on the shelves and slowly convert the Nintendo name into a fossil.

Neram

#46

Neram said:

Isn't December 21st 2012 supposed to be the end of the world or something? Damn... Wii U better come out before then!! Lol.

Drewroxsox

#48

Drewroxsox said:

@Mr.Thomas Whitehead Americans use this site too, ya know. It would be nice to have our currency in the article, but luckily, someone converted it in the comments. I guess you could say I'm a lazy american for not looking it up on google though...

theblackdragonAdmin

#49

theblackdragon said:

@Andrewroxsox: if we were to convert a given amount of money from one currency into the currency of every other user here visiting Nintendo Life, I'm afraid our articles would be nothing but a list of numbers. We've made no secret of the fact that NL is UK-based, and it's not hard at all to pull up a currency converter via Google — in fact, in the time it probably took you to type out that comment, you probably could've had your answer from three different converters.

Drewroxsox

#50

Drewroxsox said:

@theblackdragon I wouldn't expect this site to tend to all of its users, but America is infact one of the leading countries in the world. Like I said, I could have looked it up on google, but It would be more convenient if the conversion was in the article.

luminalace

#51

luminalace said:

No chance in hell it will be that expensive!

I am expecting $250 - $300 US (so the same amount in Euro's) or in Australian dollars around $400 - $500!

Kaasor

#52

Kaasor said:

Nah, don't worry guys, it's not as it seems. You know what I love about Nintendo? That their main goal is to entertain gamers with their consoles so I'm sure it will be £249 max £300. So don't worry guys. ;-)

Rect_Pola

#54

Rect_Pola said:

This still means nothing. Amazon UK only pulled their much lower price because Amazon follows a price guarantee. If the price goes down, they just adjust, but if it officially retails higher they're screwed (because nobody wanted to play it off as being super generous). Germany is bidding high to cover their ass.

theblackdragonAdmin

#55

theblackdragon said:

@Andrewroxsox: you may as well say that we should always provide conversions into yuan because China is also a leading country. do you see how silly and entitled you're presenting yourself at the moment? it's not the end of the world if you have to Google up a price conversion (or, god forbid, read through the comment thread to see someone else has posted the answer for you).

in short, you don't have the right to speak for all of us. the rest of we Americans have the knowledge and ability to search particulars for ourselves when a foreign website naturally posts information relevant to its dominant userbase. :/

Henmii

#56

Henmii said:

Ah, those Amazon people! They are so clever! What a beautifull price (NOT)!

But seriously: What does Nintendo think about their "partner" Amazon? Amazon is spreading downright lies!!

Sir_Deadly

#57

Sir_Deadly said:

I would be happy with $350, but i do believe the release date would probably be around November 18!

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